Review Archive: October 2006

Facts for Fiction / Parco delle Rimembranze

A double-bill from Michael Pilz: one, a 14-minute, single-take of a phone box; the other a nocturnal taxi ride with a New York cabbie.

Death Laid an Egg

What would you get if David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard and Nicolas Roeg got together to make a giallo? Answer: Death Laid an Egg. Michael Mackenzie reviews the R2 Japanese DVD of this bafflingly weird 1968 offering.

Aardman's Darkside

With Halloween upon us Anthony Nield takes a look at the darker side of Aardman's animations. Or should that be their more juvenile side...?

Seven Notes in Black: Collector's Edition

Released last year, Neo Publishing's 2-disc Collector's Edition of Seven Notes in Black combines an underrated Lucio Fulci film with an exhaustive set of extras. Michael Mackenzie reviews the R2 French release, which annoyingly lacks the English audio track listed on the packaging.

Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom

Continuing today's Pinky Violence coverage we look at the second (of four) in Panik House's reissued exploitation classics on DVD.

Girl Boss Guerilla

Missed out on last year's Pinky Violence Collection? Fret not, for Panik House has reissued the four titles and put them out as individual releases. Hoorah!

Plot of Fear

Michael Mackenzie returns to the world of the giallo with a review of Plot of Fear, a bleak 1976 thriller from Paolo Cavara, starring Corinne Clery. Raro Video's R0 Italian DVD offers both English and Italian audio but features a disappointing transfer and a lack of extras.

Warrior King (aka Tom Yum Goong)

Tony Jaa returns in this martial arts tale of revenge, the Thai mafia and missing elephants...

Premonition

Soon to be remade in Hollywood Land and starring Sandra Bullock for a 2007 release Premonition tells the story of a man (although Bullock will be playing a woman) who is confronted with daily premonitions that he must try and figure out. "If I could change the world doo-doo-doo-doo." Available to own now thanks to Tartan.

The Most Beautiful Wife

NoShame bring another rare Italian film to DVD, a powerful drama from Damiano Damiani that features a young Ornella Muti in her debut feature as a young Sicilian girl who sets herself against the mafia, her family and tradition.

Blind Beast

Kev reviews Yasuzo Masumura's classic tale of human desire, which is available in the UK for the first time ever, uncut and remastered, courtesy of new kids on the block Yume Pictures.

The Devil and Daniel Johnston

A fundamentalist Christian upbringing, an unbridled love of The Beatles, Casper The Friendly Ghost and an almost limitless number of beautiful love songs...

Crazy Stone

The new film from the young Chinese director of 'Mongolian Ping Pong' is a Guy Ritchie-inspired comedy heist movie, which may be short on flash and glamour, but makes the most of its low-budget comedy situations.

Reincarnation

From the man who brought you too many Ju-on movies comes a film so not titled Ju-on, so lacking in white faced dead boys and crawly women that it has to be seen to be believed. Kev reviews Takashi "I have a hang up" Shimizu's "Reincarnation", available to own now, courtesy of Tartan.

The West Wing: The Complete Seventh Season

After seven years and more awards than one man could possibly count The West Wing comes to an end. James O'Neill takes a look at the final season and observes the legacy of this piece of television history.

Point Break: Pure Adrenaline Edition

Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves go EXTREEEEME, dude, while Gary Busey doesn't play a baddie in Kathryn Bigelow's surf-packed thriller. Gnarly.

Body Double SE

Mike Sutton takes a look at the new SE of Body Double, released on R1 by Columbia.

Yamato

Junya Sato's film is an epic recreation of the fate of the Yamato, the largest battleship ever constructed, filmed to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its sinking during WWII. Noel Megahey reviews the 2-disc Hong Kong edition from Universe.

Edmond

David Mamet and Stuart Gordon are an unexpected combination of writer and director but collaborate here on this adaptation of Mamet's 1983 one-act play...

The Deer Hunter: 2-Disc Special Edition

Gary Couzens takes another look at The Deer Hunter, Michael Cimino's Oscar-winning look at the Vietnam War and its effects, reissued by Optimum in a Region 2 Special Edition.

Underground

Time to roll out the superlatives again as Artificial Eye get around to releasing Emir Kusturica’s masterpiece on DVD. Covering the period between WWII and the Bosnian war, the film covers both the exuberance for life as well as the tragedy of the people of the former Yugoslavia with virtuosity and a great deal of humour.

Jean Sibelius

Michael Brooke concludes his five-part survey of Christopher Nupen DVDs with a look at the first release on his new label, a two-part portrait of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

The Da Vinci Code: Extended Cut (R3 DTS)

What was already a very long film comes to DVD extended by a further twenty-five minutes, leaving little difference between a watching of the film or a reading of the book...

Prime Suspect (Series 1-6)

As the final Prime Suspect draws to a close tonight, Gary Couzens looks back at the six previous series of this highly influential police drama starring Helen Mirren, all released in Region 2 by Granada.

The Japanese Masters Collection

Artificial Eye repackage a collection of four classic films of Japanese Cinema, Ozu’s ‘Floating Weeds’ and ‘The End of Summer’, and Mizoguchi’s ‘The Lady of Musashino’ and ‘The Life of Oharu’.

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